Book Reviews

Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf Book Poster Image
age 10+
Seventh grader documents her struggles in clever scrapbook.
By Jennifer L. Holm
(2007)
Double Love: Sweet Valley High, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 12+
Series revamp is the same mix of catty and cheesy.
By Francine Pascal
(2008)
Keeker and the Sneaky Pony Book Poster Image
age 5+
A great choice to keep new readers in the saddle.
By Hadley Higginson
(2006)
Feathers Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Lyrical and plotless -- for patient readers.
By Jacqueline Woodson
(2007)
Happy School Year! Book Poster Image
age 4+
A great way to address kids' first-day jitters.
By Susan Milord
(2008)
Splat the Cat Book Poster Image
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age 3+
Even cats worry about the first day of school.
By Rob Scotton
(2008)
Off to First Grade Book Poster Image
age 4+
Kids from A to Z get ready for first grade fun.
By Louise Borden
(2008)
Room One: A Mystery or Two Book Poster Image
age 8+
Page-turner full of kind, thoughtful characters.
By Andrew Clements
(2006)
Almost Alice Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Next chapter in popular series deals with teen pregnancy.
By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
(2008)
Skim Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Graphic novel of teen misery -- authentic but mature.
By Mariko Tamaki
(2008)
Top 8 Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Cautionary teen tale of gossip and social networking sites.
By Katie Finn
(2008)
Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now Book Poster Image
age 8+
Third in fun, lighthearted series for reluctant readers.
By Lauren Child
(2008)
Talia Talk Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Kid turns to podcasting to find her voice and dish advice.
By Christine Hurley Deriso
(2008)
Joe and Sparky Get New Wheels Book Poster Image
age 5+
Goofy adventure and side-splitting humor for new readers.
By Jamie Michalak
(2009)
Fancy Nancy: Explorer Extraordinaire Book Poster Image
age 5+
Exploring the outdoors, with a Fancy Nancy twist.
By Jane O'Connor
(2009)
Max Spaniel: Dinosaur Hunt Book Poster Image
age 4+
Sweet dog takes kids on imaginative adventure.
By David Catrow
(2009)
Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School Book Poster Image
age 5+
Not much story, but kids will enjoy Amelia’s blunders.
By Herman Parish
(2009)
Diary of a Witness Book Poster Image
age 14+
Intense tale of school bullying, loss, and isolation.
By Catherine Ryan Hyde
(2009)
Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day Book Poster Image
age 5+
Mouse’s bad day makes a relatable, engaging easy reader.
By Kate McMullan
(2009)
I Spy Fly Guy! Book Poster Image
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age 5+
Fun, fast tale will lure in reluctant readers.
By Tedd Arnold
(2009)

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